Learn How to Use Lens Compression to Your Advantage in Small Spaces

If you work in tight spaces using narrow backgrounds, this video will show you how lens compression can help you get the shots you want.

If you work in a studio that is a little short on space and you need to find a way to make narrow backgrounds work, this tutorial from Daniel Norton is for you. After the break, we will share a video that shows why using a longer lens is the way to go, and how the wonderful effects of lens compression will solve a lot of the problems of working in a smaller space.

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Two Ways to Shoot Single Light Portraits with the Chimera Lantern

It’s possible to get amazing results even if you’re using a single light source, and Adorama shows us how to do it using the Chimera Lantern.

Whether you’re looking into experimenting with a new lighting technique, or simply want to keep your shoot minimal, a single light setup will do the trick. There are many different ways to do this, but Adorama adds one more to the list. In a recent episode of OnSet, Daniel Norton demonstrates how to achieve simple but beautiful headshots in the studio using the Chimera Lantern, a less commonly used light shaper.

Interested in grabbing photography gear and accessories like this? Check out Adorama’s listings for some deals while you’re at it. You really can’t beat Adorama’s prices on these specials!

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Pro Tip: How to Add Character to Your Location Portraits

These quick and easy tips should help make your location portraits more unique, fun, and interesting.

So, you’ve found a nice location that gives you some interesting backdrops for your next portrait shoot. But it’s only one part of the picture. In this quick tutorial for Adorama, Gavin Hoey provides some tips and ideas on how to use props, wardrobe and styling, lighting, and a little bit of post-processing to add character to location portraits.

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How to Take Beautiful Portraits with a Single Lighting Set Up

In case you’re still wondering: yes, you can take some of your best portraits using only a single light source.

When you’re shooting portraits in a studio, you’d usually pull all the stops and use a lighting set up that requires at least two light sources to properly illuminate your subjects. But when you’re looking for something a bit more dramatic (or if you’re working with limited equipment, really) you might want to try using just one light source.

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Photojournalist Gretchen Robinette Is Our Next Guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind

Join us as we speak with Gretchen Robinette about her career as a photojournalist on Inside the Photographer’s Mind.

Photographer Gretchen Robinette will be joining us for our next episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind to talk about a number of projects she’s done, her concert photography, street photography, and more. Gretchen resides in Brooklyn, NY and has years of experience under her belt as a photographer. Her clients include Buzzfeed News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, High Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone (Italy), Vice UK, Vice/Noisy, SPIN, Gothamist, Photo District News Billboard, Village Voice Media (SF Weekly, LA Weekly, Village Voice) Northside Media, Brooklyn Magazine, L Magazine, The Deli, Mojo Magazine, Interview (France), NewYork.com, The New York Observer, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Dallas Magazine, The Washington Post, Medium.com, and the The Big Takeover.

Sign up Via EventBrite or Facebook. Or watch it live August 8th at 5pm EST on The Phoblographer’s Facebook Page or Adorama’s Facebook page.

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Tutorial: When to Use Constant Lighting vs. Flash

Knowing when to shoot with constant light vs. flash is one of the most important lessons to learn if you’re keen on doing studio photography

When you’re shooting in a studio, you’re typically also working with different lighting equipment which is often either constant light or flash. The key to making great shots in the studio is knowing when it’s best to use one over the other. Learn how the pros do it in an in-depth lesson from Adorama TV‘s On Set with Daniel Norton.

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National Geographic Photographer Ira Block is Our Next Guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind

Sony Artisan and National Geographic Photographer Ira Block is our next big guest

Photographer Ira Block has over 300,000 followers on Instagram–and part of it is obviously due to his fantastic work as a photographer over the years. A native New Yorker, one of his first big assignments took him to one of the coldest places in the world and put him among people with whom he didn’t even speak the same language. But there’s so much more to how Ira has evolved as a photographer and some of his personal experiences that he’d love to share with you. We’ll also be talking about his new book: Cuba Loves Baseball. Ira will be our next guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind – part of our collaborative series with Adorama TV. You can catch us on April 18th at 5PM EST live on Facebook, or you can join us at the Adorama Event Space here in NYC.

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How to Achieve Great Portraits in Open Shade Lighting

Here’s how you can take advantage of open shade lighting to get beautiful portraits.

Whether you’re not yet well-versed in studio lighting setup or simply prefer shooting in natural light, here’s an easy tutorial that will help you get stunning results. Just look for a location with open shade lighting and you’re halfway there! Mark Wallace demonstrates how you can work with this simple but clean lighting for your next natural light portrait sessions.

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How to Get Stunning Low Key Portraits with One Light Source

Find out how you can achieve great low key portraits with a simple light setup.

Do you have a portrait project in mind that requires a contrasty, low key look? Unlike high-key lighting, this technique usually lets you play with light and shadow to lend a dramatic mood on your portraits. However, it’s also possible to get beautiful results without all the harsh shadows dominating your subject’s features. Daniel Norton shows us how to put together a simple setup for clean-looking low key portraits in his recent OnSet episode.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind Airs Today at 6pm EST on AdoramaTV!

Inside the Photographer’s Mind shows today at 6pm EST on Adorama TV with photographer Charlie Naebeck

Hi everyone,

Today, the second episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind airs. You’ll be able to catch it live on Adorama TV (Youtube) at 6pm ESTYou can attend the show live for free via EventBriteAs a refresher, Inside the Photographer’s Mind is an extension of the interviews we do on the website–bringing into the world our chats with photographers about how and why they create the photos they do. There’s a little bit about gear, and a little bit of education–but this is mostly about psychology and art than anything else. So for our second episode, we have photographer Charlie Naebeck.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Vivienne Gucwa

Lead photo by Vivienne Gucwa.

Yesterday we filed the pilot episode of our new Inside the Photographer’s Mind web show with Adorama TV. Inside the Photographer’s Mind takes the ideas we’ve presented in our interviews, and brings them even further into an in-person interview. Our tagline is “The Psychology of Photography” and so it only makes sense to get deeper into the psyche of how and why photographers create.

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Introducing: Inside the Photographer’s Mind with Chris Gampat on Adorama TV

Inside the Photographer’s Mind premieres on Adorama TV at 6pm EST on December 6th 

Photography has two sides to it: capturing and creating. Some photographers lean in one direction over the other, while others can balance the two. On December 6th 2017, The Phoblographer, Madavor Media and Adorama TV invite you to join Chris Gampat as he speaks with established professional photographers and up-and-comers alike from various backgrounds and examines the thought processes behind their images while connecting the technical and artistic sides of their brains in the creative process.

You can register for the event right here. But go ahead and click on ahead to read more about it.

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How to Create Beautiful Cinematic Portraits in the Studio

Screenshot image from the Cinematic Portraits video by Adorama TV

The cinematic aesthetic is one of the big trends photographers from various genres are currently jumping into, for good reason. It creates beautiful results that effectively evoke emotions and sentiments to the viewer. This technique is popular among photographers who primarily want their work to tell a story. Portraiture is a pretty popular application of this look, so if you’re a portrait photographer keen on knowing how to do it in the studio, here’s a video tutorial right up your alley.

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Learn Proper Lighting for Men vs. Women for Great Portraits

Whether you’re planning to practice portrait photography for personal projects or build a career out of it, one of the lessons you’d find valuable is knowing proper lighting for your subjects. It’s actually not as straightforward as keeping your subjects evenly lit. Daniel Norton of Adorama tells us why it’s important to know how to light men vs. women to create the most eye-catching portraits.

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Learn How To Keep Your Camera Stable and Avoid Camera Shake with David Bergman

Professional photographer, David Bergman, has linked up again with AdoramaTV for his popular Two Minute Tips series. This time, Bergman discusses several easy to implement methods for keeping your camera stable and reducing camera shake. For those photographers working in less than ideal lighting conditions, or forced to shoot with lower shutter speeds due to circumstances, the following tips should prove invaluable and hopefully help you get shake free shots. Continue reading…

Photographer Gavin Hoey Shows You How to Make a Breeze In the Studio

In collaboration with AdoramaTV, photographer Gavin Hoey has released a video providing photographers with tips on how to create wind effects in the studio. Working with four different type of wind-making tools, Hoey gives a detailed breakdown on each device’s use and trouble area. Additionally, he covers safety considerations and small details photographers should look out for to get the most from the selected tool. Continue reading…

How to Control Light Source Reflections on Glass

Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

One of the biggest problems with dealing with reflective surfaces while shooting an image is getting your light source in the reflection. It’s really tough to deal with, but Gavin Hoey over at AdoramaTV states that it’s all in how you think about the reflection.

He sets up a model with the snazziest sunglasses around then positions the light right in front of the model. You begin to see the reflections. Then Gavin states that if you move the position of the light, you’ll move the position of the reflection. So he keeps moving the light around until he can find the right angle.

Because the reflective object is directly facing the camera, Gavin ends up moving the light above and in front of the subject in order to get the effect that he’s going for. Of course, this all depends on what kind of lighting effect you’re going for and the position of the reflective surface in the image. But Gavin’s trial and error is a nice starting point.

The video showing How to Control Light Source Reflections on Glass is after the jump.

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Gavin Hoey Illustrates How Softbox Size Affects Soft Lighting


Softboxes are one of the most versatile and easy to use lighting modifiers a novice photographer should first pick up. However, there are so many differently sized softboxes to choose from. What’s the difference and how can they affect your lighting?

Gavin Hoey of Adorama TV is here to answer all your questions with a new YouTube video. For starters, larger softboxes will illuminate your subject more evenly with soft lighting devoid of harsh shadows. Of course, this has always been true of all lighting sources but Gavin illustrates how a small or large softbox can help you achieve the exact look you want in your photos.

Gavin also highlights that an oversized softbox—such as the 7’ Westcott Parabolic Umbrella—is advantageous for moving situations where you need to move the lighting source well outside of the frame. Be sure to watch the video after the jump and see it through to the end where Gavin shows how you tweak the lighting in post processing with Photoshop.

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